No, you’re not off base. Our side needs to have this discussion. There will be a lot of nonsense spouted on the way to getting it right.
I think Joe made a good point about not having to always highlight every position we have at every turn when campaigning.
Dems don’t do that, and Obama certainly doesn’t do that.
I am very pro-life, but why focus that as my main campaign issue each time, to use a classic example. It is dividing. To win, we do need to unite people as much as possible now a days.
We can do this with by *focusing* on policy that should appeal to a majority. I think we have a winning issue with pushing back immigration from countries without compatible value systems, and pushing back against religious political systems (Sharia)having legal influence.
Couple this with a focus on how to achieve real GROWTH, as has recently been bandied about (Jindal) and we start to have a narrative that most American’s will still feel “makes sense to them.”
Add to that right-to work policies, and pointing out policies like those Texas has implemented that is leading to massive population and business influx, and reasonable (albeit even potentially socially more liberal) people will take voting for us seriously.
Once we are in, the rest of our values come with it, just like Obama is doing now. Then you have all the votes, appointments and control over bureaucratic tasks and organizations you need to begin to shape the country in the way conservatives believe is best. It then has a lasting effect and begins to “trickle down.”
Obama has gotten that model right. Some may call it being a liar, and I know that conservatives prefer to be upfront about any and all topics, but this is politics. Politics isn’t something where full frontal exposure plays well. Not in the Athenian debates squares, or in the Roman Republic’s Senate, or now.